National Order of Merit (Bhutan)

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National Order of Bhutan
Awarded by  Bhutan
Type Order
Awarded for distinguished and meritorious services to the state
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Grades First Class
Second Class
Third Class
Next (higher) Royal Order of Bhutan
Next (lower) Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon
BHT National Order of Merit of Bhutan Ribbon.svg
Ribbon bar of the order

The National Order of Merit was founded by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck on 7 November 2008.


It is awarded as reward for distinguished and meritorious services to the state.


It is composed of three classes :

  • First Class - a chest medal in gold.
  • Second Class - a chest medal in silver.
  • Third Class - a chest medal in bronze.


The badge of the medal is a medallion with right-profile image of the King, inside an eight-petals stylised flower, itself inside an eight-pointed stylised star, simply hanging from a ribbon. The whole medal is in gold, silver or bronze, according to the rank (photo).

The ribbon of the medal is dark orange with lighter orange borders

Notable Recipients[edit]

  • Bhutan Observer, Bhutan's first private bilingual newspaper [in Gold] (17 December 2011).
  • Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of National Council (current position), Actor and Researcher at the Center for Bhutan Studies [in Gold] (17 December 2014).
  • Harald Nestroy, Ambassador and Chairman of the society Pro Bhutan (17 December 2015).
  • Sanduk Ruit, Doctor, eye surgeon (17 December 2015).
  • Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan [in Gold] (17 December 2016).[1]